Keep it Simple
Make a quality product with a strong attention to detail and be friendly. With that in mind, each item is handcrafted by me in my Oak Ridge studio with love and care. Sure, it takes longer this way, but quality and character are the ideals, not mass-production. I suppose I’m old-fashioned that way. I just truly believe there is something to be said for knowing exactly where something was made, and by whom.
Following an epic solo bicycle trip that took me 4,000 miles across the United States, I moved to Nashville in the winter of 2009, intent upon learning the craft of making clothing, and took a job at a local tuxedo shop. That June I was asked by a coworker (and daughter of the owner) to make neckties for her father and brother for Father’s Day. I had never made a tie before, but I gladly took the commission. The ties were a success, and within a couple months I was receiving commissions to make custom neckties for weddings. Soon, word continued to spread, and in the spring of 2010 I filed for a business license, secured a wholesale account, and began my own line of handcrafted neckties. Within a year, I added a few more wholesale accounts, built an online store, quit my job, and jumped into this business full-time.